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Refaat Hegazi, physician and nutrition scientist, Abbott

Areas of Expertise:  adult malnutrition, food as medicine, diet and disease, protein trends, inflammation, and diabetes nutrition.


Dr. Refaat Hegazi is the head of Global Medical Affairs for Nutrition at Abbott. As a physician scientist, Dr. Hegazi oversees a team of nutrition experts and medical directors that advance education, clinical research, science and product development of nutrition products.

Dr. Hegazi is passionate about leading his team to uncover the pivotal role of nutrition in health and disease. He has a special interest in studying the correlation between nutrition and immune and glycemic responses to develop therapies to manage chronic and acute diseases.

Dr. Hegazi joined Abbott in 2009 and helped develop a global diabetes nutrition care model that encompassed transcultural differences in diets and lifestyle. This care model enables physicians around the world to better recommend treatments for people with diabetes. An expert in malnutrition, Dr. Hegazi has contributed to advances in the treatment of malnutrition through healthcare coalitions and educational programs including the Total Nutrition Therapy, Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition and feedM.E.

Dr. Hegazi is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt. He earned a Master of Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine in Mansoura, Egypt. He also has a Master of Public Health from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh and Master of Business Administration from the Franklin University. He completed his Post-Doctoral fellowship in Gastrointestinal Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Hegazi authored 50 peer reviewed articles and five book chapters.


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